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The Graduate Medical Education Committee at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine recently hosted the 2nd annual Resident and Fellow Exposition, providing an opportunity for residents and fellows to display their scholarly activities in the form of posters.
The competition, which drew 36 entries, was scored by a panel of judges including Dr. David Gremse, professor and chair of pediatrics at the USA College of Medicine and a pediatric gastroenterologist with USA Physicians Group; Christina Clark, clinical project leader for the transforming clinical practice initiative for USA Physicians Group; Dr. Mike Finan, director of USA Mitchell Cancer Institute; Dr. Mark Taylor, associate professor of physiology and cell biology at the USA College of Medicine; Dr. Suneet Dullet, assistant professor of internal medicine at the USA College of Medicine and an internal medicine physician with USA Physicians Group; Dr. Elliot Carter, professor and interim co-chair of pathology at the USA College of Medicine; and Dr. Susan LeDoux, associate dean for medical education and student affairs at the USA College of Medicine.
The panel of judges selected the top posters from two competitive categories based on the appearance of the poster, originality of the project, effective presentation of content, quality of the content and interviews with the presenters.
The goal of the scientific posters was to increase understanding of a disease, improve the diagnosis or treatment of a disease, contribute to improving processes that promote health and patient outcomes, increase patient safety, or improve utilization of resources.
Dr. Majel Purvis, a general surgery resident with USA Health, received the Clinical and Translational Research award for her project, “Overutilization of Helicopter EMS in the Central Gulf Coast Region.” Dr. Jon Simmons, associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine and a trauma and critical care surgeon with USA Health, served as her mentor for the project.
The quality improvement and patient safety awards were given to family medicine residents Dr. Zachary Logan and Dr. Rebecca Sollie. Since USA Health has adopted the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle format for improvement projects, posters in the improvement category should demonstrate the use of this quality improvement tool, including the project's aim statement, the planned intervention, the metrics used in data collection during the project, the outcome analysis, and the actions implemented as a result of the project.
Dr. Ehab Molokhia, professor of family medicine and a family medicine physician with USA Physicians Group, served as the mentor for Dr. Logan’s project titled, “Improving Pediatric Asthma Classification in a Primary Care Setting” Dr. Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, assistant professor of family medicine and family medicine physician with USA Physicians Group, served as the mentor for Dr. Sollie’s project titled, “Decreasing Missed Opportunities for HPV Immunization.”
The expo also featured nine case-based clinical vignettes, which presented a classic example of unusual process or an unusual presentation of a common condition. These posters were displayed during the expo, but were not part of the poster competition.
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